Debbie Kleman wrote a blog post for Susan G. Komen Charlotte explaining why she supports the nonprofit, including as a board member.
"I was first drawn to Susan G. Komen because of my own personal experience with breast cancer," Debbie wrote. "I vividly remember the devastation the diagnosis brought to me and my family eight years ago. At that time, I was familiar with Komen and its ubiquitous pink ribbon, but I was not aware of the resources and support it offers to people like me."
"I knew Komen raised money nationally for research, but I had no idea that the organization is second only to the U.S. government in terms of the breast cancer research it funds," she continued. "I also didn’t know that 75 percent of the money Komen Charlotte raises stays local in our 13-county area. I find that type of local investment inspiring. The nonprofit uses that money to support patient care, including by filling gaps for low-income and underserved areas. Komen Charlotte also does extensive community outreach, education, and advocacy."
You can read the full blog post here. Komen Charlotte's mission is to save lives and end breast cancer by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to find cures.